- Food: 9/10
- Ambience: 8/10
- Hygiene: 8/10
- Value for money: 9/10
- Service: 8/10
- Overall: 8.5/10
Review by Akshaya R Pai & Vinayak Kini – Official Team Members, The 3 Hungry Men – Bangalore
Photo by Tejovanth N, Official Photographer, The 3 Hungry Men – Bangalore
Tom Yum Thai, located on CMH Road, is the newest entrant on the burgeoning dining scene of Indiranagar. Serving authentic Thai food with unpronounceable names, it is a long cherished and well thought out milestone in the journey of a bunch of friends, who’re all passionate about food (and Thai food in particular).
The restaurant is divided into two sections –indoor and outdoor, the latter being a smoking section. The outdoor (covered) seating is quite charming, and on a nice cool evening, it might just be a good place to hang out with your friends/partner while enjoying some Thai delicacies.
We started with the sea food Tom Yum Soup. We asked for the one with coconut milk in it. Spiced just right, with generous helpings of mushrooms and prawns, complemented by the aromatic flavors of lemongrass, galangal and kaffir lime, this really stirs your senses. We also took the Veg Tom Yum Soup without Coconut Milk but we found the one with the milk to be more delicious.
After soup, we moved on to salads and had Larb Gai, which is basically minced Chicken Salad in Strong Thai flavours. To appreciate this dish, you will need to have the acquired taste of Lemon Grass in your food. Otherwise it might come out too strong. The other starters though, were a great follow-up to this dish.
The Planeng Manaw (Steamed Sea Bass with Thai Red Chilly and Lime Juice) was a dish that jolts the taste buds in a good way. Fish was perfectly cooked and the sweetish-sour flavor in the lime juice was ably countered by the Thai Chilly. The overall combination was a hands-down winner.
The Gai Katiam (Garlic Chicken stir fry) was light and a pleasant departure from what we come to expect after the two rousing dishes we had before. Moderately spiced, with a nice garlic-y flavor, it’s probably the most stripped down, basic dish we had in our time there. And it was welcome change compared to the other dishes you have in desi-Chinese restaurants which are doused in unnecessary sauces.
Among the Vegetarian food we tried, The Tahu Pod Phat Met Mamuang (Tofu fried with cashewnut) was one of the dishes you can guarantee will fall into the comfort zone of desi-Chinese kind of food. Saucy and tasty, there’s really very little about this dish to complain about. It’s also available with Chicken. Sadly it was also the only Vegetarian dish that made a good impression, since the other two vegetarian stir fries we had (Broccoli & Bok Choy based) were strictly ordinary. Having said that, it is something lovers of Vegetable Stir-Fry’s should go for. But we are sure there are many other vegetarian dishes to try out which we missed out.
For the main course, we had Veg Thai Green curry with had aubergines, mushrooms and a very interesting ingredient – pea brinjal. The flavours were bang on and delicious. We also had Homok Talay(fragrant seafood set mousse with coconut milk). This one was a lovely medley of sea-food(Prawn, Squid, Fish) in a Thai curry paste (the paste of which is a freshly prepared Chef’s special). We paired it with Jasmine Rice, and this was the dish of the day. The freshness of the sea food coupled with the flavor of the curry paste along with the rice is an absolute delight for the palette.
The service was prompt and attentive. The menu is quite informative, with the contents of each dish listed. The owner is kind enough to help you make informed choices and seemed keen to receive our feedback at the end of our meal. Also, this is one of the few fine dining places where we do not have a multitude of absurd charges added on top of the bill, so that’s a huge relief. The pricing is very much in the value-for-money range, and you can expect costs to be in the 1200-1500 for a hearty meal for two, including taxes and charges, but minus the wine. Add another 600 bucks if you want a glass of wine each. That’s the only alcohol they serve currently.
Tom Yum Thai is poised to be a good addition to the dining scene of Bangalore that definitely needed a Value-For-Money Thai Specialty restaurant from a long time now. With right pricing, and with hopefully a consistency maintained in the quality of the food, they can really continue to impress.
Address : Tom Yum Thai, 725, 4th Floor, Above Clinrad Diagnostics & Research Centre, CMH Road, 1st Stage, Defence Colony, Indiranagar, Bangalore
Phone : 080 68888001 / +91 7411888888